Instructors

Druplas and Khenpos

Druplas are "practice masters" recognized for their training and ability in ritual activities. Khenpos have completed 9 years of intensive Buddhist philosophical study in a shedra. Additionally, they have passed rigorous exams and undergone a teacher training period.

Kyabjé Khen Rinpoche Tashi Palden

Kyabjé Khenpo (Kyabjé Khen Rinpoche Tashi Palden) was born in the Dergé kingdom in Eastern Tibet in the surroundings of Kyabjé...

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Tulku Migmar Tsering

Tulku Migmar Tsering is a master of the Chokling New Treasures lineage of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He...

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Khenpo Gyaltsen

Khenpo Gyaltsen was born in Nepal on May 10, 1973. He is a direct descendant of the family of the...

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Drupla Tenphel Gyatso

Drupla Tenphel Gyatso is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, and has undergone the traditional three-year...

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Drupla Sherab Dorje

Drupla Sherab Dorje was born in Nubri (Manaslu) Nepal into a family of lamas and practitioners descended from the ancient...

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Drupla Opak

Lama Opak is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, and has undergone the traditional three-year retreat twice...

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Drupla Sonam Tsering

Drupla Sonam Tsering is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, and has undergone the traditional three-year...

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Lama Sherab Phuntsok

Lama Sherab Phuntsok is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. He is currently the resident lama at...

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Instructors

Samye Institute instructors have been designated by Phakchok Rinpoche. The individuals have varying life experiences but are all committed to the practice of the Buddhadharma and the Chokling Tersar lineage.

Jangchub Yeshe

Under the guidance of  Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Chokling Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche, Jangchub Yeshe was ordained at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling ...

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Tsunma Jamyang Donma

Ani Tsunma Jamyang Donma has served as Spiritual Care Provider @ SickKids for over 10 years , originally as a...

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Jack deTar

Jack deTar is very fortunate to train under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, and other lesser-known learned...

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Michael Friedman

Lama Michael Friedman has spent 50 years in an intensive study of philosophy in general and the nature of mind...

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Hilary Herdman

Hilary Herdman, Ph.D, studied and taught at Rangjung Yeshe Institute at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery since 2000. Hilary was a...

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Alan Pope

Alan Pope, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, USA. His doctoral training in clinical existential-phenomenological psychology...

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Maryanne Müller Prieto

Maryanne Müller Prieto is a long-time dharma student from Chile. She has had the privilege and blessing of being Kyabgön...

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Jesper Skovlund

Jesper was trained as a psychotherapist in 1990, and has since then studied emotional intelligence, communication and leadership. In 1996...

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Erric Solomon

“Being completely present brings a basic contentment. Caring for others as we would care for ourselves brings a sense of...

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Arthur Versluis

Arthur Versluis, Ph.D., is a professor and Department Chair of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at...

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Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu

Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in...

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Somānanda Yogi

Somānanda Yogi has had the great fortune of studying the Buddha Dharma under very kind and knowledgeable teachers from the...

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Matthew Zalichin

Matthew Zalichin began studying Buddhism as an undergraduate in 1971.  His teachers include many of the past and current century’s...

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Blog Authors & Course Facilitators

Samye Institute has a wide range of contributing authors who regularly post articles to our study blogs.

Somānanda Yogi

Somānanda Yogi has had the great fortune of studying the Buddha Dharma under very kind and knowledgeable teachers from the...

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Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts is a strength and movement coach, certified mobility specialist and corporate wellness consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. He...

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Andrea Sherman

Andrea Sherman, PhD, is a gerontologist, educator, trainer and End of Life Doula.  She is a graduate of the New...

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Diana Carey

Diana´s interest in Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda started back in the 1980´s, and she started to pursue them in 1993...

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Kevin Gormley

Kevin Gormley, a life-long educator, is a former MS and HS teacher, performed health and science magic shows for school...

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Tawni Tidwell

Tawni Tidwell, TMD, PhD  studied Tibetan medicine at Men-Tsee-Khang in north India and Sorig Loling Tibetan Medical College of Tso-Ngon (Qinghai)...

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Anasuya Weil

Anasuya Weil, Menpa, M.S., L.M.T. Prior to studying Tibetan Medicine Anasuya received her M.S. in 2001 from UMass Amherst and...

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Mira Weil

Mira Weil, DTM, has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for over 20 years, and had the great fortune to meet her...

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